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Exhibition to showcase hopes for the future of Morwell

The ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’ exhibition features 28 photographs of community groups and members holding objects that symbolise their hopes for the future of Morwell.

The community’s hopes and dreams for Morwell will be showcased at a photography exhibition at Switchback Gallery, Federation University, Gippsland Campus from 14-24 November.

The exhibition, titled ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’, is a project developed by the Hazelwood Health Study, in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Federation University.

It will feature 28 photographs of community groups and members holding objects that symbolise their hopes for the future of Morwell.

Hazelwood Health Study research associate Dr Sue Whyte said the exhibition followed extensive consultation with local groups about ways to strengthen community wellbeing and recovery post-Hazelwood mine fire and power station closure.

“This exhibition evolved from research into recovery from the Hazelwood mine fire. We listened and clearly heard that people wanted to do something positive about Morwell and to be a part of the conversations about the future,” Dr Whyte said.

“We came up with the idea of people thinking about what their future hopes for Morwell were and coming up with a symbol to feature in a photo to be included in a community exhibition.”

The photographs, taken by Clive Hutchison, will also feature an accompanying caption written by each participating group describing what the object represents.

“As Clint Eastwood put it, ‘sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands’. This sentiment is at the heart of the image making,” Mr Hutchison said.

The free exhibition will be open to the community for two weeks from 14 November including Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November. The gallery is open from 10am to 4.30pm. The exhibition is then expected to travel to other locations in the local community and more broadly.

ELF Study participants to be thanked at special Hazelwood Health Study event in Morwell

LATROBE Valley families whose children took part in the Early Life Follow-Up (ELF) Study earlier this year will be thanked at a special party at Tribes play centre in Morwell on Friday 24 November.

The ‘Thank You Party’ will be hosted by the ELF Study, the child health and development arm of the Hazelwood Health Study.

“We would love to thank the Latrobe Valley families who together helped us complete 263 health checks, 552 surveys and more than 2000 monthly health diary entries,” Latrobe ELF Project Manager Marita Dalton said.

“As a sign of our gratitude, we want to meet with the families and say thank you.

“We were thrilled with the response to the study by Latrobe Valley families – they are helping us learn if long-term health and development could have been influenced by the air pollution around the time of the Hazelwood mine fire.”

At the party, families will have the opportunity to meet with study staff and other participants, enjoy some free snacks and enter prize draws.

Participants who complete their monthly dairies and return their soil and dust packs will be eligible for special prize draws of $50 gift vouchers.

The ‘Thank You Party’ will be held from 2.45pm to 5.30pm at Tribes play centre at 107-111 Crinigan Road, Morwell.

All ELF Study children and their families are invited to the free event.

To RSVP, phone 1800 322 102 or email [email protected] by Friday 17 November.

The ELF Study is being conducted by the Menzies Institute of Medical Research at the University of Tasmania as part of the larger, Monash University-led Hazelwood Health Study.

The research is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Engage with the Hazelwood Health Study

The Hazelwood Health Study is inviting Latrobe Valley and Sale residents to back-to-back community engagement sessions next week.

The engagement evenings will be held at the Morwell Bowling Club on Monday 9 October and at the Bond Street Event Centre in Sale on Tuesday, 10 October.

Former ABC Radio presenter Gerard Callinan will moderate the sessions which will, for the first time, feature roundtable discussions between study researchers, staff and the community. HHS Co-Principal Investigator Professor Judi Walker said the discussions will focus on what the study has achieved and how the recent findings can be used to benefit the community.

“Not only are the sessions an opportunity for us to talk about the world-first study, its latest findings and where we are headed to next, but more importantly a chance for curious residents to sit with researchers and ask us questions about our work,” Professor Walker said.

HHS Community Advisory Committee representative Shane Wilson said the community had many questions about the study and the engagement session was the ideal forum to get answers.

“The Hazelwood Health Study has been working diligently for about three years, but for many community members they do not get to see the hard work that is happening behind the scenes,” Mr Wilson said.

“The researchers and staff at the study want to share their findings and discuss the research underway with the community – this is the perfect opportunity to bring your questions and thoughts to the study’s attention. They are ready and happy to answer your questions.”

Community representative from Sale Ruth Churchill said the findings had major implications for not only the Latrobe Valley, but the Sale community, and urged residents to attend the engagement sessions.

“The study’s results can be used to guide health service providers in both the Sale and Latrobe Valley communities. Sale may have been much less impacted by the mine fire, but it plays a crucial role in this study,” Ms Churchill said.

The Hazelwood Health Study is a long-term independent study led by Monash University in conjunction with its study partners – Federation University Australia, the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research, The University of Adelaide and CSIRO.

The study is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the study, visit www.hazelwoodhealthstudy.org.au or www.facebook.com/hazelwoodhealthstudy